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cuts. jennifer griffin explains why. a long time teacher is fired for give ago student exactly what he wanted a copy of the bible. a look at the gas prices. the national average 3.31 cents. that's unchanged from yesterday. >> welcome back. in just a few hours the house will take up a 51 billi$51 bill bill. peter king is optimistic it will pass. >> it's not going to be easy. right now i am confident the votes are there. >> some lawmakers say the bill must be stripped of money that includes project he cans unrelated to sand sy. >> brad baker was found shot to death at the farm he managed back in 1980. police say new technology and information led them to a suspect in west virginia. his name has not been released. patti ann. >> the state of the u.s. military is very much in flux. the pentagon is looking at severe budget cuts. fox news national correspondent jennifer griffin on what it could mean. >> as the pentagon faced the ke deep cuts large defense cuts are still looming. the man overseeing the cuts is c if confirmed is chuck hagel. in august 2011 hagel said the defense department was
. national security correspondent jennifer griffin has the story. >> the first face to face meeting between barack obama and hamid karzai since last may when mr. obama committed to remaining in afghanistan after the end of combat operations in 2014. that commitment by the white house appeared to wane recently with the president's national security team telling the pentagon to send them recommendations that would involve no more than 9,000 troops. and leaking on the eve of karzai's arrival that the white house was considering a zero option. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting afghan forces. >> today hi announced it would transition ahead of schedule. plans that worry many in the pentagon as the president weighs how many troops to leave behind. the theory of zero troop option leaving no behind was a bluff to ensure they would grant immunity after 2014. >> nowhere do we have security agreement with country without immunity for the troops. i think president karzai understands that. >> we understand that the issue is specific importanc
in a blood clot to her brain. fox news national security correspondent jennifer griffin with our report. >> ambassador stevens body missing for nearly 11 hours. u.s. military assets in europe alerted, but never utilized, and yet the state department's review board concluded last month, quote, there was not enough time for armed u.s. military assets to have made a difference. that's not what congressman chaffetz was told by carter ham when they traveled there after the attacks. >> he told me he had proximity and the capability, but he was not told to go fight for the people and save the people when the fire fight was going on. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton faces questions on capitol hill wednesday for the first time about what happened in benghazi on september 11th. >> there was no question at any point in those statements that she considered it her responsibility to learn the lesson from this and take the department forward in implementing whatever lessons were learned. >> yet at least two eyewitnesses who participated in the rescue that night in benghazi were not offe
security correspondent jennifer griffin tonight on women in combat. >> with the stroke of a pen, secretary panetta and chairman of joints chief ended a ban on women in combat. general dempsey said he realized women were already on the front lines when he got his armored vehicle in baghdad in 2003. >> i slappe slapped the terret n around the area and said who are you? she said i'm amanda. from that point on i realized something had changed and it was time to do something about it. >> panetta smoke of opportunity -- spoke of opportunity. >> in life, as we know, there are no guarantees of success. not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. but everyone is entitled to a chance. >> marine such as ryan smith, retired sergeant who served in iraq thinks the decision puts lives at risk. >> my first sargent was mortally wounded in iraq and he was the tourett of am fibbous assault vehicle. he feels 6'5", 250-pound man. i haven't seen a woman yet that would be able to pull that man out of the amphibious assault vehicle and try to get him to medivac. >> the first female combat pilot disag
as the "sequester" is going to happen. national security correspondent jennifer griffin on what it would mean. >> two years ago when congress began talking about sequestration, the prospect of half a trillion dollars in defense cuts seemed ludicrous. defense secretary leon panetta told the pentagon not the plan for it. now it seems not only is the military planning for the cuts, republicans seem to think the cuts are inevitable. >> i think the sequester is going to happen. because that $1.2 trillion in spending cuts we can't lose the spending cuts. that would pay for the last debt ceiling increase. >> the looming deadline is march 1. deputy defense secretary ash carter warned friday that the pentagon's $800,000 civilian employees will face furloughs. and reduce paychecks starting in april, if sequestration is not avoided. pentagon is now planning to eliminate 46,000 temporary civilian workers as a result of these imminent budget cuts. >> i got a perfect storm coming up in the next few months. we have this whole crazy mechanism called sequester. that means $1 trillion will be cut across the bo
jennifer griffin quoting her sources in the u.s. government saying in fact some of those freed were americans. maybe one american in fact even called his family. it all shifted again according to reports of the at least militants, the militants holding these captors talking to another regional news agency saying as many as 35 foreign hostages had been killed and that 15 captors had been killed as well. this a part of some sort of an assault by the algerian security forces arounded that complex. we know from the u.k. foreign office here in the past hour that there is some kind of an assault going on. what appears to be happening is algerian helicopters are strafing or bombing locations. the claim is they're hitting vehicles, vehicles, maybe holding hostages, american, maybe foreign hostages at the very least. other nationalities involved, british it, irish, french, japanese. some injured. there was at least one british person killed. but again a fluid situation, bill. bill: fluid indeed. now is this a reaction to what is happening in neighboring mali and the update us what is happeni
of staff, we could one day see women in elite commando units. jennifer griffin works the pentagon with us and is is there tonight. how many jobs would now be open to women, jennifer? >> shep, this new directive will open more than 230,000 jobs to women in the army and marines. secretary panetta plans to lift the military's ban on women serving in combat opening thousands of front line combat positions to these women. the ban has been in place since 1994. the service chiefs have until january 2016 to seek exceptions to certain units, shepard. >> shepard: what have recent tests shown? the physical limitations? can women do this? >> well, remember last october, the marines took the unusual step of opening up a one of their key courses, it's called the marine infantry officer course. two female marines were allowed to go through quantico's marine infantry officer course. it's a brutal 10 week test that requires strength, endurance and fitness, they both failed. marine captain who served in iraq and afghanistan garnered attention last year when she argued against putting women in combat, writi
the philippines. but the militants claim dozens of hostage are dead. jennifer griffin live at the pentagon tonight. jennifer, let's start first with the americans. what do we know? >> well, bill, the standoff we know is over. and the first bp chartered flight out of algeria is expected to land within an hour in london. there has been confusion over the numbers. we understand that there were not more than three americans held during the hostage crisis fox news has learned two american survivors are on their way to london right now. several flights out of algeria for employees. some narrowly escaped death and others living in other parts of the country. the fate of one american hostage remains unclear right now. >> u.s. citizens are among the hostage. but we don't have at this point more details to provide to you. we are certainly concerned about reports of loss of life and are seeking clarity from the government of algeria. >> the white house and its european allies say that they were caught off guard. they were not given any warning when the algerians decided to storm the facility. they didn't giv
term. one accusing him of setting back the cause and so is the claim. jennifer griffin is lye in washington to explain. >> good morning, eric. the president wants one comprehensive bill to deal with immigration reform not a series of separate bills. a bipartisan attempt to come up with a plan failed early in his first term. president bush failed twice to get a guest worker passed. >> we need to fix a broken immigration system. i have done everything i can on my own and sought cooperation from congress to make sure we fix the system. first thing we did was to streamline the legal immigration system. >> the president's plan include guest worker visas tough laws e background checks. president obama wants a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already here. he may announce his plan at the state of the union. he may have back taxes for those who obtain legal status. most republican senator marco rubio in florida whose parents are cuban immigrants. an omnibus bill can be easily blocked. he wants to make it easier for those with skills and tech savvy immigrant
of spending cuts looming the u.s. military may have to find ways to save a lot of money. jennifer griffin with the news. she is live at the pentagon. tell us about the potential cuts if you would? >> the first cuts will probably be to the size of the force. the air force announced it was already planning to cut the size of its force and to cut back on the number of flying hours that planes do. right now the u.s. is spending about $85 billion a year on the war in afghanistan. it will go down to about 3 or 6,000 troops in afghanistan which would pay the tax payer 75 billion a year. >> everybody forgets if we suddenly have a crisis in the gulf with iran if we face a nuclear issue which forces us to deal with preventative stripes, then we have a completely different defense and mill tear spreending profile again. >> with things heating up in mali you have u.s. forces pulling out of one area but it appears as if the war is spreading to another region. >> former senator hagel would like to reduce our nuclear stockpile. >> he agreed with an advocacy group known as global zero which called for cu
, as part of the looming sequestration. national security correspondent jennifer griffin on what that could mean. >> at the end of every war, the u.s. cut the military. in two years, the u.s. will go from 66,000 american troops in afghanistan to as few as 3,000. cost savings of $75 billion a year according to military experts. if the pentagon escapes the deep, immediate cut of sequestration, most agree that large defense cuts are looming. the man overseeing the cut is confirmed, defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. in august of 2011, hagel said the defense departmented was bloated, adding the pentagon needs to be pared down. i don't think the military looked at themselves strategically, critically in a long, long time. the u.s. military has gone from a cold war model of being able to fight two simultaneous wars to a 1-1/2 war strategy under president obama. given cuts in recent years. >> if we sudply have a crisis in the gulf with iran, if we sudply face a nuclear issue, which forces us to deal with preventative strikes we have a different military spending profile again. >> the u.s. army
the president will not be sending american troops there. national security correspondent jennifer griffin is at the pentagon tonight. >> reporter: less than two years after the french asked for u.s. help in overthrowing muammar gaddafi in libya, the french president has asked the u.s. military to help them fight again. this time, in the north african country of mali where al-qaeda appears to have set up a new base. >> we have a goal. [ inaudible ] >> reporter: the u.s. provided intelligence that the french military needed for bombing need this weekend. attempt to keep rebels infiltrated from marching toward the capitol. some analysts call mali a flat afghanistan. defense secretary leon panetta was asked during a visit to portugal if the u.s. is heading in to another war. >> there is no consideration of putting in the american boots on the ground at this time. we have commended the french for this effort to try to go in to mali. to stop the aqim. the terrorists. and members of al-qaeda. >> the state department explained what the u.s. military has been asked to provide. >> we are looking ha
, national security correspondent jennifer griffin has the story from the pentagon. >> four months to the day since ambassador chrissteins and three others were killed in a terror attack on the u.s. benghazi mission, one of the only suspects in custody has been released. 26-year-old, tunisia detained in turkey was released by tunsen court due to lack of evidence according to the lawyer. he was present in the attack on the u.s. mission, fox news reported in november. based on video that the u.s. intelligence agencies had from the compound. his brother fought against the u.s. forces in iraq and his father encouraged both suns tovo themselveses in jihad, according to the lawyer. the f.b.i. gained access to him in late december. allowed to question him, in what some described as kangaroo court filled with protesters for three hours. law enforcement officials say he was, "probably not a big player in the attack." l others describe it as a setback to investigation that isn't progressing. >> the department of justice is quiet about this. i hope they treat it as a terrorist activity, not just police
security correspondent jennifer griffin has details. >> fox news has learned the white house is not considering any option that would leave more than 10,000 american troops in afghanistan beyond 2014. according to at senior administration official. despite reports the white house was considering plans to leave a much larger footprint after the deadline for handing over security to the afghans. earlier this week general john allen, the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, provided three options to the pentagon for a post 2014 force. none of them, quote, went north of 10,000 troops according to the administration official. >> the 10,000 limit really suggests the administration is trying to hold down the numbers. right now the midwest likely final figure will be about 6,000. it gives us a special operating direct axle meant, probably the use of drones for drone strikes. maybe two bases in eastern afghanistan and a small headquarters element in kabul. >> the final decision on troop levels rests with the president. general allen remains the subject of an investigation into whether h
the country we love: jennifer griffin with the news at the pentagon. first, explain how this will work. >> no positions have been opened to women as of today, shep. but 230,000 positions could soon be open to women as early as this year. the service chief have until may 15 to present their concerns to the defense secretary and ask for certain units to be exempt. but they will have to make a strong case. today's decision does not imply women are going to be included in the selective service or draft. shep. >> shepard: what about reaction from lawmakers? >> reaction did not necessarily fall along party lines, which was interesting. congressman duncan hunter served in iraq and expressed concern, quote, what needs to be explained is how this decision when all is said and done, increases combat effectiveness overall. >> i think it's appropriate, but i also think that we have to expect the same rigorous physical standards, particularly for combat units. we can not have two standards, physical or mental, for that matter, standards for people to qualify. >> the views of two republican veterans
and not yet accounted for. jennifer griffin live at the pentagon for us again tonight. what you can tell us about the americans who were at that complex, jennifer? >> good evening, bill. we have confirmed with u.s.s. officials that the american who died at the bp complex is frederick of texas. he died of an apparent heart attack when the algerians attempted their rescue. those hostage who were released as a result of the algerian army swift attempt at a rescue, which surprised and even angered some u.s. and british officials praise the algerian military. >> i think they did a fantastic job. i was very impressed with the algerian army. >> i won't feel 100% happy until i'm back in the u.k. >> mark cobb, we understand has also escaped. he escaped with some of his algerian staff. he is safe tonight, bill. >> bill: what is the u.s. government doing to try and help here, jennifer? >> the u.s. government sent a c 130 and c-17 military transport plane to algeria. they took off and were allowed to evacuate some of the wounded. at least a dozen wounded were on board that first flight which left alger
inauguration a week from tomorrow, from cabinet positions to the debt ceiling, and immigration reform. jennifer griffin takes a look at the president's agenda ahead. >> harris, first there will be the confirmation battle, some will be bruising, none more so than the president's pick for defense secretary, chuck hagel. those hearings could start as early as this week we're told by senate sources and the white house mounted a vigorous defense and hagel says his record on israel, iran and gays in the military has been distorted and the senate armed services committee, kelly ayotte says what worries her most is the reaction from iran. >> what i want to make sure is that iran is actually not hopeful, but they're fearful, as r ult of our nominee from the secretary of perspective. >> former chairman of joint chiefs and secretary of state colin powell gave his backing to hagel today then though then senator hagel was one of the largest critics of the iraq war, a war that powell helped sell to the american people. and hagel later tried to stop the surge in iraq, calling it the biggest foreign policy blu
is doing about all of this. national security correspondent jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon. jennifer,be i guess defense secretary leon panetta was asked about the americans taken hostage in algeria while he was in rome today. what did he say about it? >> well, he was quick to call it an actbe of terrorism. he said, "by all indications this is a terrorist actbe. the united states condemns the terrorists acts. it's a serious matter when americans are taken hostage along with others and i want to ensure the american people the united states will take all necessary and proper steps that are required to deal with this situation." it seems the administration learned its lesson from benghazi. so far no, u.s. assets have been moved in to help. unlike last september the consulate was attacked now they have the own commander and extremis source. a group of several cousin operators for the situation. i'm told they are standing by awaiting the president's orders. bret? >> bret: we heard in greg's report a group claiming responsibility headed by the algerian born jihadist. what more do
's much better now and jennifer griffin is at the state department with more. some of the more pressing questions that we're hearing about will likely go directly to secretary clinton. >> and one of the questions will be why did members of the state department ask the fast team of marines out of spain to change out of their marine uniforms before going into libya? we understand from u.s. defense officials that they were asked to do so. that delayed them by about 90 minutes. also the rescue team from tripoli, they were told when they took off for benghazi that they would have fast fliers. military air cover once they got to benghazi but of course they didn't, shep. >> there were survivors, obviously, and they haven't been interviewed at least by congress and many on capitol hill are wondering why not? >> in fact, we have learned that two of the actual rescuers, those involved in the rescue that night in benghazi were not made available by senior leadership at the cia and state department to it admiral mike mullen and thomas pickerring who put together that review board. >> state departme
chuck hagel the president's pick to run the pentagon. jennifer griffin on the first enlisted soldier to be so hoorpd katherine heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge8, obama said would be an outspoken advocate for severs men and women. and his business experience will help him prioritize pentagon spending cuts that everyone knows is coming. >> even though we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely guided by a our stlaj and keep the military the strongest fighting force. >> reporter: but it drew immediate fire. it was a 14-year-old commen
now it is hard to know exactly what the casualty count is. in terms of americans jennifer griffin reported through contact of hers in washington that there were five americans who managed to escape getting caught up in this. three were taken two managed to escape unharmed one is still unaccounted for. the british are caught up. there are ten britains unaccounted for at this point. it is believed two british may have died in the entire scenario the fighting occurred when the algerian military went in to try to rescue some of the hostages. militants are saying 35 hostages were killed and 11 militants were killed. these numbers are just so fluid the algerians are saying it was four hostages who were killed. so we know that about a couple of dozen people are still missing. these are from many different nationalities. there are lots of another wingians working -- norwegians working. >> live in london, amy kellogg. >> the hopmanti te'o is still ag talker. lou holtz is weighing in on this. >> he coached the fighting irish leading them to a national championship. the only way to know the
. jennifer griffin has details. >> they say the general james madison made the white house nervous and privately butted head early on with the national security advisor with donelan over iran. a view confirmed by those close to the commanderer. >> iran presents the most significant regional threat to stability and security. >> general mattis has been in charge of fighting since august of 2010. nicknameed "maddog" he led marines to iraq he once told elelders i come in peace. i didn't bring artillery but i am pleading with you with tears in my eyes. if you blank with me i will kill you all. tom ricks is saying that he is pushed out for asking too many questions about a possible strike on iran. like what do you do with iran once the nuclear issue is resolved? and remains foe? what do you do if iran develops conventional capabilities to make it hazardous for the u.s. navy ships to operate in the gulf? he kept saying and then what? rick says this. i'm a fan of president obama but i am in the at the point i don't trust the national security team. these are people who will not recognize i
of the hospital. jennifer griffin has a look at how the wounded warrior is doing. >> brendan morocco was a private fist class what en he hit a roadside bomb and lost all four of his limbs. he has two new arms and two new reasons to smile. >> i can move my elbow, the one i had before. i can rotate a little bit. >> the 26-year-old from staten island became the war's first gra quadruple amputee. he was the first to receive a double arm transplant at johns koppins in baltimore. the top physicians haveable to attach donor arms to the wounded soldier which one day should be fully functional. >> it feels amazing. it was something i was waiting for for a long time. now that it finally happened, i really don't know what to say. it's such a big thing for my life. it's just fantastic. >> fox news first met brendan morocco last summer when the tunnels to tours built him a new home. it was damaged hurricane sandy but it is being rebuilt. >> he was asked what he misses most? >> driving. absolutely driving. i used to love to drive. it was a lot of fun for me. one of my goals is to hand cycle a marathon. yeah. i
criticism from critics and supporters. national security correspondent jennifer griffin is live from the pentagon now. jennifer, what's been the reaction among men in the military? >> reporter: well hard to generalize, jon, but in general marines and special operators have expressed the biggest skepticism. marines such as ryan smith, a retired sergeant that served in iraq thinks the decision puts live at risk. >> my 1st sergeant was mortally wounded when we were in iraq and in the turret of a amphibious assault vehicle. he was 6'5", roughly 250 pound man. i haven't seen a woman yet be able to pill that man out of amphibious assault vehicle and get him to a medevac. >> reporter: martin dempsey realized women were on the front lines when he got into his personal armored in iraq. who are you? i'm amanda. i said okay. female turret gunner protecting the division commander. from that point on i realized something had changed. it was time to do something about it. >> reporter: panetta and the joint chiefs have been discussing this over a year, jon. jon: i guess israeli is really the only c
correspondent jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon. hi, jennifer. what can you tell us about sergeant brendan marrocco? >> reporter: he is absolutely amazing. he is speaking up at johns hopkins where they did the double arm transplant. he was the first double amputee from the wars. he is sitting there with these two new arms. it is a touching thing. here is how he described how it feels to have the new arms. >> it fails amazing. it's something that i was waiting for a long time. and now that it finally happened i, i really don't know what to say because it is such a big thing for my life and it's, just fantastic. >> reporter: he is a 26-year-old soldier and was injured on easter sunday in 2009 in iraq. the most proud and unaassuming guy. he has an amazing sense of humor. this is what he says he looks forward to doing. >> i just want to get the most out of these arms and just, as goals come up, knock them down and just, take it as absolutely far as i can. so really i just want to, i just want to get to the point i can be completely on my own and just get back to enjoying life. >> repor
. national security correspondent jennifer griffin is at the pentagon again tonight with what is happening right now. good evening, jennifer. >> good evening, bret. the algeria rescue appears to be over but the fate of several americans remains unclear. fox news learned two american survivors are en route to london right now. b.p. chartered a flight out of algeria for the plea employees, some of whom narrowly escaped death. kidnappers said they took dozens of hostages at the b.p. oil and gas facility in response to algeria, giving the french permission to fly to neighboring mali where the french troops are trying to push back to al-qaeda-linked rebels. >> instability in mali has created the opportunity for a staging base and safe haven for terrorists. >> more than 41 foreign oil workers were captured by the al-qaeda linked group whose leader lost an eye fighting in afghanistan. dozens of algerians were also taken and then released. it's one of the largest hostage taking incidents in recent memory. 7:00 a.m. eastern, algerian forces which surrounded the b.p. complex without telling their u.
to testify earlier but had to postpone due to a healthcare. jennifer griffin is live at the state department. what are the biggest unanswered questions that secretary clinton will face tomorrow from the house and senate foreign affair committees? >> reporter: there are so many unanswered questions. for one fox news has learned from senior defense officials that the state department asked a fast team of marines who were being sent from rota, spain to deplane off of their plane and change out of their military aoup forms int uniforms inch and change into civilian clothes. that delayed their time. they were being tenth to tripoli, not to benge so they would not have saved any lives that night. what that indicates is reluctance to send in military help that night, and i think that is a question that secretary hillary clinton will be asked by the foreign affairs and the senate foreign affairs committee tomorrow on capitol hill. we also understand this was a decision by secretary of state clinton, and state department undersecretary of management patrick kennedy not to send a team or mobilize the
. fox news jennifer griffin is at the pentagon with the details. >> hi, alyssa. defense secretary panetta was we are not planning for sequestration. those deep across-the-board budget cuts appear inevitable. the looming deadline is march 1. ashton carter warned hundreds of thousands of pentagon civilian employees. the employees would lose one day of work per week through september. they are planning to eliminate altogether 46,000 temporary civilian workers as a result of these looming budget cuts. the pentagon has started to plan for sequestration and even republicans are acting as if it is inevitable. >> i think the sequester will happen. we cannot lose the spending cuts. that was to pay for the last debt ceiling increase. >> one of the nations largest federal contractors, general dynamic, announced in recent days a $2 billion loss which it is blaming on defense cuts and falling government demand. >> the measures will have to be taken. layoffs and the defense industry. most importantly to me, devastating growth to our national security at the sequestration takes place. it is up t
's pick to run the pentagon. jennifer griffin on the first enlisted soldier to be so hoorpd katherine heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge8, obama said would be an outspoken advocate for severs men and women. and his business experience will help him prioritize pentagon spending cuts that everyone knows is coming. >> even though we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely guided by a our stlaj and keep the military the strongest fighting force. >> reporter: but it drew immediate fire. it was a 14-year-old comment about a diplomat being a
the reporting of our own jennifer griffin at the pentagon, that a force of several dozen special ops forces are on stand by. a u.s. force awaiting the president's orders if any sort of operation to rescue those hostage is ordered. bill? >> bill: interesting and something all to watch it is all related to the anti-militant site in a country south thereof called mali. >> yeah. the group that took these hostage calls itself the master brigade. it's run by a one-eyed eye geern. that group said they did this because of the french-led action against islamist militants in mali. those militants have been taking more and more territory in the country their aim according to a lot of experts is to establish what would be islamic state and potential training ground for global jihad. listen. the fear is that all of these groups will fortify their position. create kind of a base and training ground and safe haven for terrorists not only in the region but become a magnet for terrorists and criminals worldwide. that of course is of great worry to the united states. >> this is all part of the growing streng
did escape and are on route to london now. >> thank you very much. jennifer griffin at the pentagon. who exactly are these hostage takers and what is their engame and how did they get so strong so fast? lease, answer -- lisa, answer any of the above. >> it's a very dangerous situation that is changing by the moment. this morning we thought that this was in retaliation for the algerians allowing the french to use their air space, an offensive that began on friday. within the last your, fox learn this was a premeditated offensive that was launched by this group an offshoot of al qaeda, they're al qaeda-linked. we believe it's being led by by an algerian native, a one-i'd veteran. he was involved in the afghanistan civil wars. he is violent. he is brutal. he has access to this al qaeda group, which is from the -- operates in africa. they have a lot of money and a lot of weapons. so this is a very dangerous situation, and all the information we get -- it's hard to validate and is also changing by the moment. again, we believe this was in retaliation but now we know this is part of a muc
of the hostages, but he managed to get out. >> gregg: jennifer griffin, thanks very much. let's turn to lance armstrong. he has finally admitted for all those years and for all the world to hear that he is a cheat he a fraud and liar and bully. his epic career was complete sham. he came clean in an interview with oprah winfrey confessing he took banned substances to win we're talking about testosterone and human growth hormone. >> did you ever take banned substances or dope? >> yes. >> gregg: for years he denied cheating. he called other people liars trying to ruin their reputations. he sued anybody who tried to tell the truth about him. he says the whole story was so perfect for so long it was a myth. >> the truth isn't what i said. you win the tour de france seven times, happy marriage and happy children, its perfect story and it wasn't true. >> gregg: the marriage wasn't that happy for his wife. he says he will spend the rest of his life. out right lies, some are saying that he was cold and much too short on details. casey stegall is live outside live out the foundation,. >> he says he loo
is dead. national security correspondent jennifer griffin is with an update of still breaking story. good evening. >> good evening. one american has been killed at the b.p. oil complex. the u.s. officials identified him as frederick boutaccio, texas resident that had an heart attack when algerians attempted a rescue yesterday. u.s. officials recovered his remains on friday and notified his family. tonight the standoff is ongoing and dangerous for those being held. >> exchange for two american hostages, the kidnappers want two convicted terrorist released from u.s. prisons. the blind sheikh, who is incarcerated for life for his role in the 1993 world trade center bombing. and sadikibe, a pakistani neuroscientist who shot two american seasonals in afghanistan. the state department immediately ruled that out. >> the united states does not negotiate with terrorists. >> the state department pentagon and white house all were quick to call the attack terrorism. >> let's not forget, this is an act of terror. >> perpetrators are terrorist. >> terrorists should be on notice. that they will find no
? national security correspondent jennifer griffin reports tonight from the state department. >> ambassador steven's body was missing for nearly 11 hours. u.s. military assets in europe were alerted but never utilized. yet, the state department accountability review board chaired by admiral mike mullen and thomas pickerring concluded last month, "there simply was not enough time for armed u.s. military assets to have made a difference." that is not what congressman jason chaffetz was told by general carter hamm when they traveled to libya after the attack. >> he told me he had proximity and capability but he was not told to go fight for those people and save the people when the firefight was going on. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton will face questions on capitol hill wednesday for the first time about what happened in benghazi on september 11. >> there was no question at any point in the statements that she considered it her responsibility to learn the lessons from this and to take the department forward in implementing whatever lessons were learned. >> yet, at least two ey
lines. national security correspondent jennifer griffin reports from the pentagon tonight. >> secretary panetta plans to lift the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening thousands of front line combat to women. the ban had been in place since 1994. the service chiefs have until january 2016 to seek exceptions to certain units. the new directive will open more than 230,000 jobs for women in the army and marines. defense officials say the announcement will be made tomorrow. chairman of the armed services committee, senator carl levin welcomed the decision. "i support it. it reflects the reality of 21st century military operations." but recent studies found women are neither as strong as men in front line positions and socially they may disrupt the all-male units. elaine donnelly of the center for military readiness warns secretary panetta's decision threatens the tip of the spear unit. >> summarize 30 years of studies and reports, women do not have equal opportunity to survive or to help fellow soldiers survive. >> last october, two women marines were allowed to enter a brutal
at operating in combat and killing the enemy. jennifer griffin live at the pentagon with the news. why did military leaders say this had to happen now? >> essentially because women are already in combat. chairman of the joint chiefs, martin dempsey said he realized when he got into his armored vehicle in baghdad in 2003. >> and i slapped a gunner on the wagon and she leaned down and said, i'm amanda, okay, so a female turret gunner protecting the commander and times have changed and something to do about it. and life as we know, there are no guarantees of success. not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier. but everyone is entitled to a chance. >> reporter: secretary panetta said that his eyes were opened when he was over at the cia and realized half of the intelligence force over there were women and he talked to the joint chiefs when he came over here to serve as defense secretary about what changes could be made, shep. >> shepard: jen, what are we hearing from women in the military? >> most have accepted this and are excited about it. what they've explained to us, this wil
. the pilot then on a training mission. right now we don't know whether he or she is alive or dead. jennifer griffin with the breaking news from the pentagon. what else can you tell us about this missing jet? >> well, shepard. u.s. air force officials tell fox news that they lost contact with the pilot of this f-16 fighter jet at about 8:00 p.m. local time in italy. that is when the sos call went out. at that point they lost contact with the pilot who was flying on a one seater plane. the plane was flying in formation with four other fighter jets from aviano air base and went off the town of revienna. the f-16 fighter jet has crashed 13 times a year between 1982 and 2000 according to air force statistics. in fact, in july of 2005, f-16's crashed in one month alone. coast guard rescue teams are searching a 10-mile radius tonight. we will update you on the status of that pilot as soon as we know more, shepard. >> shepard: jennifer, breaking news coming in and word that the yemen any coast guard has intercepted a ship loaded with weapons. what do we know about that? >> in fact, the u.s. navy he
attitude. jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon. one month from surgery, and it seems the soldier has big plans and a bigger spirit. >> reporter: that's right. this is what he said when asked what he missed most in the past four years. >> driving. absolutely. driving. i used to love to drive. it was... it was a lot of fun for me. so, i am really looking forward to getting back to that and just becoming an rathlite again. one of my goals definitely is to cycle a marathon. yeah. so i would love to get back to that. >> the most proud and unassuming guy and stubbornly persistent, his doctors said. he has an amazing sense of humor. when he came out of surgery last month, he turned to his mom and said, i love you. those were his first words. >> it feels amazing. it's something i was waiting for for a long time. now that it finally happened... i really don't know what to say because it's just such a big thing for my life. it's fantastic. >> brend an has been recovering and the tunnel to towers foundation, which built him a special home have been busy fixing the damage to the home caused by s
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